Library breaks ground on parking lot, traffic pattern project

By Brittni Henderson

The Greenville Public Library broke ground for its exciting and expansive new project on June 18, 2019. Director Dorothy Swain, as well as Town Councilman Sean Kilduff, Town Manager Randy Rossi, Library Board President Stephen Cicilline, and Present Emerita Domine Vescera Ragosta were in attendance. This groundbreaking is ahead of the library’s parking lot expansion start date of July 22, 2019.

The library will be adding over 50 more parking spots, as well as a new entrance and egress off of Pleasant View Ave. The work will begin at the Pleasant View side of the library, and continue into the parking lot with an estimated completion date of October 31, 2019.

With the addition of the new traffic pattern and parking spots, there will also be a common area in the parking lot surrounding the Sequoia tree that is already on the premises. Landscaping changes will include the addition of native plants and trees to this area.

“I am very excited to see this project begin,” Director Swain says. “The new access to and from the library will be much easier and safer for the public that use our library every day.”

The library’s Board of Trustees has been planning this project since 2015. The Champlin Foundation awarded the library $700,000 in 2017 and these funds will be used to support the renovations.

According to Swain, there may be some closures or changes in the library hours, but none have been solidified at the moment.

“Once we are informed of the need for them, we will let the public know,” Swain says.

Swain also hopes to host a ribbing cutting event at the new entrance and egress once the updates are completed.